Communication & Language
Communication and language is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to assess children's ability to speak, pay attention, listen and understand. Children do this in range of ways including, listening to stories, responding appropriately to what people say, by articulating and expressing their feelings and developing their own narratives and connecting ideas or events.
At Hillcross we ensure that we;
- Give children the time and space to interact with each other both one-to-one and in groups
- Foster children's curiosity
- Invite children to share their own ideas and feelings
- Support children's language development unobtrusively and sensitively
- Promote the learning of new vocabulary and more complex forms of language
We use ongoing observations and assessments to ensure that children receive the support and/or challenge across their time in EYFS.
Accommodating multilingual environments
Children learn English best when they have a strong basis in their home language. Using a child's home language in the setting also supports the child's sense of identity and promotes self-esteem.
At Hillcross we ensure that;
- We find out about the language spoken at home, finding out the most important words to the child such as ‘lunch’ and ‘toilet’, making a note of pronunciations.
- Learn songs and rhymes in the child's home language
- Invite staff and parents into the unit to share stories in the child's home language and make story sacks the child can play with alongside these
- Use picture cards with words written underneath in English that the child can show you when they want to communicate eg. ‘snack’ and ‘drink’
- Use visuals such as photographs on toy boxes and visual timetables
Children need to be able to develop their own language alongside learning English and they will need time to build relationships and to settle.